ADK Review Board News
- NORTH COUNTRY AIMS TO WIN UPSTATE $500 MILLION – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Matthew Turner reports that Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul "feels really good" about the North Country’s chance of winning $500 million in state economic funding.
- ADK COUNCIL: 'THE PARK DID WELL' IN PROPOSED STATE BUDGET – North County Public Radio ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Zach Hirsch reports that the Adirondack Council has applauded Governor Cuomo for stating he intends to boost the state’s Environmental Protection Fund, and for his "pro-Adirondack proposals" in his 2015 budget plan.
- THE LGLC ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR – The Huletts Current ( Huletts Landing, NY) Website
A news story notes that the Lake George Land Conservancy is announcing its new executve director, Jamie Brown. It is noted that he officially began in the position on January 5.
*Note: While the story is dated 1/21/15, it first appeared online today.
- 6,000 ACRES! (Letter) – The Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
A letter from David Safrany of Half Moon Bay, CA, notes his concern over developments in the Adirondacks.
- LONG LAKE GETS WIRED WITH HIGH-SPEED INTERNET – Hamilton County Express ( ) Website
Reporter Pete Klein reports that Slic Network Solution, a provider of high-speed Internet, phone, and television services, is expanding into Long Lake.
- PRO-ADIRONDACK PROPOSALS IN GOVERNOR CUOMO'S STATE OF THE STATE BUILD ON NY'S 123-YEAR LEGACY OF ADIRONDACK PARK PROTECTION – Adirondack Council ( ) Website
A press release from the Adirondack Council notes the pro-Adirondack proposals addressed by Governor Cuomo in his State of the State address.
- CONSERVATION ADVOCATES APPLAUD GOVERNOR CUOMO'S PROPOSAL TO CONTINUE RESTORATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION FUND IN STATE BUDGET – Adirondack Council ( ) Website
A press release states that conservation advocates, including The Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, American Farmland Trust, The Adirondack Council and the Adirondack Mountain Club, applaud Governor Cuomo’s proposal to increase the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.
- LAKE ASSOCIATIONS SEEK POWER IN NUMBERS – The Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Amanda Metzger reports that about 60 lake associations throughout the Adirondack Park have joined to reinvigorate the Adirondack Lake Alliance and held their first regional meeting in December.
- CUOMO'S STATE OF STATE: ADIRONDACK PRIORITIES TO WATCH FOR – The Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
Reporter Willie Janeway notes important environmental and community development goals for the Adirondack Park to look for in the Governor’s State of the State message.
- LAWSUITS MISGUIDED, DAMAGING (Letter) – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
A letter written by Joseph D. Dumoulin of Jay, NY, notes that he refuses to join Protect the Adirondacks because of their radical stance against the housing development near Tupper Lake.
- COMMENTARY: MORE BADLY DESIGNED DEVELOPMENT – The Adirondack Almanack ( ) Website
A commentary by Dave Gibson notes recent APA’s decisions in new land subdivisions, and what he feels are issues they are failing to address.
- TRENDING JOBS IN NORTH COUNTRY LISTED – Press Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
The newspaper reports that the New York State Department of Labor released the North Country Region’s Top Five Trending Jobs for 2015.
- PLETHORA OF PROPOSALS FOR FOREST PRESERVE LANDS – The Adirondack Almanac ( )
Writer Phil Brown discusses the views of many with the plans to revise the State Land Master Plan in regards to both economic development and the protection of natural resources. Quoted is Fred Monroe, executive director of the Local Government Review Board asking, "Whatever happened to the balance that the governor wanted and the legislature wanted?"
- SARANAC LAKE HOPES FOR SHARE OF $5 MILLION IN GRANTS – The Press Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that with $5 million in grants from the Regional Economic Development Council up for grabs, Saranac Lake Local Development Corp. is prompting local business owners to think ahead about possibilities.
- GOV PROPOSES $1 BILLION BROADBAND INVESTMENT – The Press Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Kim Smith Dedam reports that Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to make a $500 million broadband investment to ensure that every person in the state has high-speed internet by the end of 2018.
- NORTH COUNTRY HOPES FOR UPSTATE REVITALIZATION FUNDS – The Press Republican ( Plattsburgh, NY) Website
Reporter Dan Heath reports that if Governor Cuomo’s Upstate Revitalization Program is approved by the State Legislature, it would put seven of the Regional Economic Development Regions, including the North Country, in competition for three $500 million awards.
- GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES INTEREST-FREE LOANS TO FUND WASTEWATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS (Press Release) – Adirondack Council ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
A press release notes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced New York State will be making it easier for municipalities with fewer than 300,000 people to obtain interest-free financing for up to 30 years to improve wastewater collection and treatment systems.
- APA APPROVES CONTROVERSIAL SUBDIVISION – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Phil Brown writes that the Adirondack Park Agency board has voted unanimously to approve a controversial development at a former Boy Scouts camp in the southern Adirondacks.
- FRANKLIN COUNTY APPOINTS NEW MANAGER – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Tom Salitsky reports that after nearly two months without a manager, Franklin County’s Board of Legislators has appointed Donna Kissane of Malone to the position.
- PADDLING RIGHTS UPHELD IN STATE APPEALS COURT – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Kenneth Aaron writes that a state appeals court has narrowly upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against Adirondack Explorer Editor Phil Brown after he paddled through private land in 2009.
- CUOMO PROPOSES $1.5B UPSTATE NY ECONOMIC COMPETITION – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
A staff report notes that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pitching a competition that would pit seven upstate regions against each other for a chance to win $1.5 billion in economic development money.
- $16M ANNOUNCED TO CLEAN LAKE CHAMPLAIN – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
Reporter Wilson Ring reports that Vermont has been awarded a $16 million federal grant to help farmers pay for conservation projects designed to keep runoff and other pollution from reaching Lake Champlain.
- HABITAT PRESERVED FOR RARE BUTTERFLIES – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Mike Lynch writes that National Grid has set aside five acres in Queensbury as a conservation easement for the rare Karner blue and frosted elfin butterflies.
- DEC TO MODIFY DAM FOR SPAWNING SALMON – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Mike Lynch writes that the state Department of Conservation has announced that it is taking comments on a plan to modify the Imperial Dam, which is located a few miles upstream of Lake Champlain.
- LAKE GEORGE THREATS, PROTECTION MEASURES OUTLINED – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the FUND for Lake George has released a two-volume publication focusing on the threats that face Lake George, including invasive species, rising salt levels, and declining water quality and clarity.
- BRAVO: GROUPS, LEADERS WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT OFF INVASIVES – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
The Post-Star editorial board extends their appreciation for the various Lake George groups and environmental leaders that are working together to fight the introduction and spread of invasive species in Lake George and across the Adirondack Park.
- FORMER U.S. REP. BILL OWENS NAMED TO BOARD OF ARROW FINANCIAL, GLENS FALLS NATIONAL BANK – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
A staff report notes that Arrow Financial executives have announced the appointment of former U.S. Rep. Bill Owens to Arrow Financial Corporation’s Board of Directors.
- ADIRONDACK ALLIANCE FORMS BETWEEN MUNICIPALITIES AND CONSERVATION GROUPS TO HELP PROTECT LAKES – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Amanda Metzger reports that a new alliance is forming to wage war against the spread of invasive aquatic species throughout the Adirondack Park.
- NYCO BEGINS DRILLING IN JAY MT. WILDERNESS AREA – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
Writer Phil Brown writes that NYCO Minerals has begun cutting trees and drilling for wollastonite in the Jay Mountain Wilderness, actions that could render moot legal efforts to thwart the company’s plans.
- SUBDIVISION, 'EMERGENCY PROJECTS' ON APA AGENCY – Adirondack Daily Enterprise ( Saranac Lake, NY) Website
A staff report notes that the Adirondack Park Agency Board of Commissioners will consider a major subdivision project and a new "emergency project status" rule at its meeting Thursday.
- FORMER REP. WILLIAM L. OWENS TAKES JOB WITH D.C. LAW FIRM – Watertown Daily Times ( Watertown, NY) Website
Reporter Daniel Flatley reports that former Rep. William L. Owens has taken a job with a law firm in Washington, D.C. that specializes in international law.
- ADIRONDACK ORGANIZATIONS OPPOSE PERMIT FOR WOODWORTH LAKE – Adirondack Council ( Elizabethtown, NY) Website
An Adirondack Council press release notes that five conservation organizations have sent a joint letter urging the Adirondack Park Agency’s board of commissioners to hold a special public hearing to decide the fate of a permit request to subdivide and develop a former Boy Scouts camp in northern Fulton County.
- FRED MONROE: I'M '75% SURE' I WON'T SEEK REELECTION IN CHESTER IN NOVEMBER – The Chronicle ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Gordon Woodworth reports that Fred Monroe, Supervisor of the Town of Chester, may not seek re-election in November after 23 years in office.
- ELISE STEFANIK IS SWORN IN AS THE NORTH COUNTRY'S REP. IN CONGRESS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporter Sarah Harris reports that New York’s North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik was sworn in to office on Tuesday by House Speaker John Boehner.
- PROTECT THE ADIRONDACKS RESPONDS (Guest Editorial) – Adirondack Journal ( Warrensburg, NY) Website
Writer Charles Clusen, Chair of the Board of Directors for Protect the Adirondacks, writes his response to an editorial published by Denton Publications on December 24 which criticized both Protect the Adirondacks and their executive director, Peter Bauer.
- DEC SEEKS INPUT ON THREATENED SPECIES – Adirondack Almanac ( ) Website
A staff report notes that the Department of Environmental Conservation is revising its list of Species of Greatest Conservation Need, which includes species that are at risk in New York and they are seeking comments on the final draft.
- DOES THE ADIRONDACK PARK NEED A RULES UPGRADE? – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
Reporters Brian Mann and Martha Foley discuss the potential of the Adirondack Park Agency making modifications to the State Land Master Plan for the first time in decades.
- WOMEN UNDER 40 PAC HOPES TO KEEP STEFANIK 'FRONT AND CENTER' IN CONGRESS – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Maury Thompson reports that U.S. Rep.-elect Elise Stefanik will take office this week and the Women Under 40 Political Action Committee is planning to assist her in establishing a lasting presence and respected voice in her district and in Congress.
- FIRST WILDERNESS PROGRAM MOVING AHEAD WITH GRANT FUNDING – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
Reporter Amanda Metzger reports that six separate projects along the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor have been awarded $410,450 in grant funding.
- STUDY: BOAT ANCHORS SPREAD INVASIVE ASIAN CLAMS – NCPR ( Canton, NY) Website
The Associated Press reports that researchers have said that invasive Asian clams recently discovered in Lake George are likely to be spread from site to site by boat anchors.
- BRAVO: APA LOOKING FOR FEEDBACK ON STATE LAND MASTER PLAN – Post-Star ( Glens Falls, NY) Website
The Post-Star editorial board extends their appreciation for the initiative taken by the Adirondack Park Agency to update its State Land Master Plan.